WELCOME TO KIRKWOOD UCC
Kirkwood United Church of Christ is called by God to be an open, diverse and caring community of Jesus’ disciples. In following Christ’s commandment to love one another, we welcome all who wish to share in the fellowship, membership, leadership, worship, ministry, sacraments, rites, responsibilities and blessings of our faith community. As we affirm that every person is a child of God, no one is excluded, regardless of race, ethnic or socio-economic background, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality, or faith background. We are an Open and Affirming congregation. All are welcome here!
About Sunday Services at KUCC
Location: Our address is 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd, Kirkwood, 63122. We are at the corner of Dougherty Ferry and Lindemann. Parking is available in the lot behind the church and on Dougherty Ferry Road. Handicap parking is in the parking lot on the west side of the church.
Time: Worship is at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Hearing assistive devices are available.
Childcare is provided for babies through 3-year-olds in our nursery.
Children’s classes meet during worship, after the children’s message. Adult classes follow the service, with childcare provided. For more information on programs for children and youth, see our Youth Programs page.
Adopt-a-Family Christmas Gifts Due Dec. 4 or 11
KUCC is continuing its tradition of providing Christmas gifts to children and adults for God’s Helping Hands and St. John’s Community Ministry. We received requests for more than 80 gifts, some large and others small, which we hope will make it possible for everyone to participate. On December 11, during worship, we will bless the gifts provided. A few tags remain on the “trees” in the gathering area. Please select a tag and take, as well, an instruction sheet, which will explain when and where to return your specific gift. Items for St. John’s need to be at KUCC by Dec. 4 and items for God’s Helping Hands by Dec. 11. If you have any questions, contact Jill Stoll at 314-821-3776.
Sabbatical Planning Groups Forming
In preparation for next year’s clergy sabbatical experience in the months of August through October, 2017, group are forming to help plan for Pastor Betsy’s absence. If you would like to help plan for any of the areas listed below, please contact Carrie Mershon, Council President.
Kirkwood UCC Day at Plowsharing Crafts Dec. 6
Start–or finish–your Christmas shopping at Plowsharing Crafts, 137 W. Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood, to support KUCC’s Mission and Outreach program. This is a not-for-profit shop, staffed by volunteers, selling fairly traded handicrafts from around the world. Our Mission and Outreach ministry will receive 10% of the profits if you mention KUCC when making your purchases. You will find jewelry, folk art, baskets, toys, home accents, and more. To get a better idea of what might suit your Christmas list, consult the Plowsharing Crafts website.
Kirkcare Christmas Food Donations, Sorting and Packing Dec. 8 & 9
KirkCare needs our help collecting and preparing food for distribution for the holidays. Please bring donations to KUCC and place them in the KirkCare basket, under the bulletin board in the gathering area. Suggested items include nonperishable foods such as Spam, peanut butter, spaghetti and sauce, canned beef stew, cereal, canned fruit, jelly, Pork and beans, rice boxed pasta, ravioli, mac and cheese, and Kleenex. Please choose items that are low in sugar, fat, and salt and whenever possible select whole grain items. Money to buy food vouchers is always welcome.
Help is needed at Community Church of Christ, 830 N. Kirkwood Road, between 9 am and noon on Dec. 8 to sort food and on Dec. 9 to pack boxes for families. Please pitch in to help get this huge task accomplished and make the holidays brighter for recipients.
Women’s Fellowship Luncheon and Gift Exchange Dec. 14
The Women’s Fellowship will be gathering on Wednesday, December 14th at 11:30 am in the Fellowship Room for our annual Potluck Christmas Luncheon and Gift Exchange. We will start with a Christmas Devotional and then we will begin our potluck luncheon and gift exchange fun! If you can make this gathering, you need to bring a food dish or a salad to be shared at our luncheon. Dessert and drinks will be provided. If you choose to be part of the gift exchange you need to bring a small gift already wrapped but no name on it. The usual amount for the gift is no more than $10.00. We have a fun way of giving the gifts out!!! We hope you can join us for this Christmas gathering.
Christmas Pageant Dec. 18
Children and youth are invited to participate in our annual Christmas play. The parents of any young person who is interested should contact our student pastor, Stephen Stark. Last year’s play, pictured above. told of shepherd girls minding their flocks and seeking the Christ Child. This year’s play will feature family Christmas traditions, particularly sharing the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth. Everyone can look forward to an enjoyable service!
Adult Education–Nov. and Dec.
Sunday morning classes will feature a speaker on transgender identity on November 6, Russ Kuttenkuler’s faith journey on November 13, and a dvd series on the birth of Jesus on Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 and 11. For details, consult our Adult Programs page.
Donations Wanted for 2017 Book Sales
We continue to collect books in anticipation of a third book sale. Bring any donations to the gathering area, outside the office, or to the lower level. Watch for news of our third sale in the months ahead.